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Cameroon's main opposition leader, Maurice Kamto, has been charged in a military court with rebellion and other offences, his lawyers have said. The former government minister was arrested in Douala on 28 January after his MRC party organised protests contesting last October's election result. France says it is "worried" by the charges.
Kamto faces charges including “hostility against the homeland, incitement to insurrection, offense against the president of the republic, destruction of public buildings and goods.”
If found guilty, he could face the death penalty, his lawyers said Wednesday.
The opposition leader, who says he was cheated out of the presidency in elections last year, was transferred to a prison in the capital Yaounde during the night by a military court.
Twenty-eight members of his Cameroon Renaissance Movement (MRC) are also on trial for the same charges.
From: A Collective of Anglophone Cameroonians in the Diaspora.
Shalom, Your Excellency!
We, a collective of Africans from Southern Cameroon, the English-speaking part of Cameroon, which is going through a bloody civil war and refugee crisis, have the honour to address this letter to you. We are friends of Israel. Some of us live legally in Israel, some of us have studied in Israel or visited Israel on business or attended academic conferences there, while others have paid religious pilgrimages to the holy sites in Jerusalem, the Temple Mount, Bethlehem, Nazareth, the Mount of Olives, the Jordan River, etc.
We wish to state that we followed with interest, the widely-disseminated press release of February 4, 2019 from the Israeli Embassy in Yaoundé, Cameroon, condemning the televised anti-Semitic and tribalistic comments of Cameroon’s Minister Delegate at the Ministry of Justice, Hon. Jean de Dieu MOMO. The minister implied that the Jewish victims of Hitler’s monstrous and unspeakable genocide were in fact the culprits of the genocide.We condemn in the strongest possible terms, terms this attempt by Mr. MOMO to make light of the massacre of millions of innocent men, women and children for personal political gain.
We therefore welcome the decision of the Cameroon government to apologize unreservedly for these ignorant and extremely hateful remarks which were in fact a veiled attempt to justify crimes against humanity directed at minorities in Cameroon.
Honorable Ambassador, while we condemn historic crimes against humanity, as well as diminishment of those crimes, we must not turn a blind eye to contemporary human rights violations and crimes against humanity, even though these crimes do not rise to the level, scope, or magnitude of the Jewish Holocaust. We are talking about well-documented crimes against humanity being committed in the English-Speaking Southern Cameroon as we speak by the Cameroon military, and specifically, the elite military unit, BIR (Brigade d’Intervention Rapide), which is trained, equipped and commanded by former Israeli military officers.
The purported youth day celebration began proper in 1967. The first six years after the truncated plebiscite of October 1,1961 which saw the creation of the Federal Republic of Cameroon, this day was celebrated initially as mourners day because according to Ahmadou Ahidjo the Cameroon's have lost a part of their territory to the Federal Republic of Nigeria. This part was known as British Northern Cameroon's.
The truth about this day the 11th of February 1966 is that John Ngu Foncha had hired l youths below twenty from Dschang to vote for reunification on the the 11th of February 1961.
After obtaining a very slim victory margin, Foncha went to Yaoundé and was asked by Ahidjo what the state could give to these youths as compensation?
Foncha without even thinking said a national youth day be organized in honour of the youths because they helped to rig the Plebiscite results.
This is so disheartening and humiliating to believe that fraud is being celebrated as a national day and one then thinks that such a state can ever organize free and transparent elections without resorting to its rigging machinery.
Between 2015 to 2017, the money spent to purchase mobile phones reached a total of XAF228 billion, ranking these devices in the top 10 most imported items in Cameroon, the trade ministry revealed.
Judges at the International Criminal Court will have ruled on Tuesday over former Ivory Coast president Laurent Gbagbo’s request to be acquitted and released after more than seven years in custody.
Democratic Republic of Congo opposition leader Felix Tshisekedi was declared the surprise winner of last month’s presidential election.